Cultural celebration of landmark

RESIDENTS have been invited to a meeting to hear plans about a cultural event to celebrate a controversial sculpture.

The Apollo Pavilion Community Association is urging residents to attend a meeting at the Oaklands pub, in Durham Way, Peterlee, to hear plans for a major project.

The association is busy planning a project called Bridging The Gap, which will involve music, dance and sculpture at the controversial landmark.

The artists involved will also be working with Peterlee schools to develop work performed by students at the event.

The project has secured funding from the Arts Council, County Durham Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust, Durham County Council and Peterlee Town Council.

Association chairman David Taylor-Gooby said: “We are keen, as an association, to involve local people so we are organising a public meeting to explain what is going to happen further and listen to people’s comments.”

The meeting will take place at The Oaklands at 7pm on Tuesday, February 22 and everyone is welcome.

The project, called One Small Step/One More Step, will take place at the Apollo Pavilion and will involve two 20-minute performances on July 10.

Choreographer Dora Frankel is collaborating with visual artist Sam Goodlet and musician and composer Peter Coyte to lead the project.

Peterlee’s GT Group brass band and Magicaboola, a spectacular 15-strong Italian street band, will be performing.

The pavilion was recently restored by Durham County Council with Heritage Lottery Funding after years of neglect.

Since then, the structure, which was created in the 1960s by leading abstract artist Victor Pasmore, has won a prestigious Civic Trust Award.

Anyone interested in becoming an association member should call (0191) 5870008 or email